Basketball Wives–the movie? REALLY?
Yes, really! Just when we thought we’d seen the last of the Basketball Wives ratchetness, it has reared it’s ugly head, this time on the big screen.
In an interview with Essence, producer Tracey Edmonds confirmed that she’s teamed up with show creator Shaunie O’Neal to produced the film. However, if you’re looking for more bitch-slapping, back-biting and “she-said”, “she-said” drama, think again. Edmonds says the movie will be an “uplifting movie with a lot of twists.”
I’m not sure you can put “Basketball Wives” in the same line as the word ‘uplifting’, and given the bad taste it has left in the mouths of many, the title alone keeps me from paying any money to see it.
In an interview with Vibe.com Shaunie O’neal talked about the concept:
VIBE: There’ve been reports about a Basketball Wives movie in the works. Can you speak on that?
Shaunie: It’s fictional. It’s a movie, so it has nothing… I see people on Twitter saying, “Oh god, you guys gon’ take that and turn it into a movie?” You don’t take a reality show and make it a movie. At least I wouldn’t. It’s not a quote, unquote “basketball wives movie.” Even though it has to do with basketball life, it’s not actually taking Basketball Wives from TV and making it a movie. And it’s not about women sitting around arguing or lunching all the time. It’s an actual story. It’s a love story. It’s an empowering story. It’s funny. It’s life. It’s similar—we’ve taken a girl who’s just going into the NBA life and experiencing things and showing the whole story. She learns from the organization. She learns from other wives. And by the end of the story, it’s empowering for women and men. It’s so nothing like the TV show at all. No comparison.
Sorry, Shaunie, I can’t do it. I was hoping to never, hear or see the name “Basketball Wives” again. To know that this foolishness is coming to the big screen, just makes my stomach turn. No matter how the story line is worked, the name has branded itself more synonymous the word ‘ratchet’. If you want to change the perception, start with the name.
We can only hope there are some real wives in the movie.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,